A quick look at Urbanspoon’s list of Mexican cuisine restaurants in Salt Lake City and Provo gives me about 540 results back. This makes for some major competition for those with a hankering for ice-cold horchata and a big plate of enchiladas or carne asada. Mi Ranchito has been doing business in Utah for 30 years now. I love Mexican food, and have been to quite a few different places in town. I can honestly say I was surprised by Mi Ranchito and how much I liked it.
Mi Ranchito has a cool vibe to it. I liked the attention and detail to the decoration. You find lots of vibrant colors, nice murals, and music in a cool relaxed atmosphere. As we were eating a van pulled up with 5-6 musicians that were coming in to play. One of them had an accordion. It was awesome.
I had a chance to chat with the owner a bit about the buffet. They offer it weekdays from 11 to 3 where you can find a wide selection of Mexican fare. Everything looked to be freshly prepared and ready to go. Despite the fact it looked good, I liked to judge a restaurant on the merits of their individual plates and not the buffet, so I sat down and had a look at the menu to order my lunch. While I love Mexican food, there are two things that I find to be a must. 1) It has to have delicious ice-cold horchata, and 2) they must have really good chips and salsa to start out with. Mi Ranchito passed the test on both those items with flying colors. The horchata was thick and refreshing, and the chips were crispy and warm. The salsa they came with were excellent. The meal was definitely off to a good start.
I went with the enchiladas de mole for my meal. Wow. First of all the plates are massive, and I mean massive. You get great portions with your meal. The mole sauce here was delicious, and the chicken inside the enchiladas was tender and flavorful. The rice and beans were pretty standard. This plate was delicious and I would really recommend it.
Check out this burrito that my colleague ordered. It was so big it needs its own zip code. I asked him for his thoughts and he said he gave it an 8/10 with the highlights of the plate being the flavor and cheese. I liked how they are generous with the sides of guacamole, pico de gallo, and sour cream too.
Try Ranchito Grill on the weekend for an even wider selection of Mexican cuisine like birria, carnitas, and menudo. Our meal was great. Everything we tried was fantastic, and we will definitely be back. The prices were very reasonable as well. My colleague that came with me was born and raised in New Mexico so he knows a thing or two about Mexican/Southwestern food. He came back a few days later with his wife on Mother’s Day and the both really enjoyed the experience. My wife is sitting here next to me as I type this review, and is actually asking why I have not taken her here yet. :)